Day in the Life of Andre Iguodala

Ever wonder what an NBA player does when he's not playing or practicing? You'll find out when you read this Day in the Life feature on Andre Iguodala, a forward with the Golden State Warriors, that appears in the November/December issue of Haute Living Magazine San Francisco. I wanted to interview because he's really into making tech connections as he wisely thinks about his future. You'll find out which tech titans he's gotten to know since signing with the Warriors, what he does when he's at … [Read more...]

Talking Sweets with Mellisa Root

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As you know by now, I've taken a job as Editor of Haute Living Magazine San Francisco. I'm four months in and finally getting a chance to update my blog, other than to write about my dearly departed dog Lucy passing away. I still don't have time to write a proper blog post because I have to update 100 profiles on our annual Haute 100 list, which runs in the January/February issue. But what I will do is post a few of the Q&As from the November/December issue of the magazine, starting off with … [Read more...]

Liz Claman Fox Business Network

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New Yorkers like to think the world revolves around them when it comes to business, or anything at all, for that matter. FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman, who anchors daily from FOX News Studios in midtown Manhattan, must have missed the memo on attitude superiority. Wall Street may be in her backyard, but Sand Hill Road is her preferred avenue. Between three and five times a year, Claman invades California, mostly to interview tech titans and interesting innovators alike as she provides a … [Read more...]

Matt Roberts OpenTable CEO

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Matt Roberts, the president and CEO of the online restaurant dining reservation service <a href="http://opentable.com" target="_blank">opentable</a>, does not eat carbs. Yeah, we know: we didn’t believe it either. However, it’s the truth: he kicked carbs to the food curb four years ago despite spending most of his day inside a bakery. His willpower is unparalleled. “Once you get used to [minimizing carbs], it’s not that hard [to go without them],” Roberts, a boyish 46-year-old … [Read more...]

Komal Shah, Computer Chic

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For years, Komal Shah wore the cloak of computer geek well. The moniker fit her then as well as the vibrant designer gowns she now dons at galas. Though she was born and raised in Ahmedabad, a western Indian city famous for its textiles, to a textile trader father, Shah had no interest in what should have been an obvious career choice. She opted instead for something completely opposite, becoming so smitten with programming in the eighth grade that she learned enough to teach computer classes … [Read more...]

Haute Living San Francisco November December 2014

One of the things I enjoy most about living in San Francisco is the aura of innovativeness that swirls through the air. Seeing the buildings for companies such as Twitter, Zynga and Adobe when I'm out and about, is exciting and motivating. That's one of the reasons I was so thrilled to learn that the November/December issue of Haute Living San Francisco was slated as the tech issue. Now I had a good reason to learn more about some of these companies I use as a consumer. For the issue, I go … [Read more...]

Everybody Loved Lucy

Everybody loved Lucy, my longhair Chihuahua who passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 21 at the age of 13. Attitude. Sass. A sense of self-importance. The aloofness of a cat. Personality up the wazoo. Lucy had it all – along with a healthy dose of cuteness that combined to endear her to so many people worldwide. How my diva dog packed it all into that pint-sized body of hers, I’ll never know. … [Read more...]

Haute Living San Francisco September October 2014

San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick never looked so good as he does on the cover of my first issue as editor of Haute Living San Francisco, a bi-monthly luxury lifestyle magazine where I began working in mid-August. I confess, I can't take any credit for the article—that all goes to Executive Editor Laura Scheffler—but the cover certainly makes me look good as I begin my new gig. What you will find of mine in the September/October 2015 issue, which is our fashion issue, is a … [Read more...]

A writer’s blood, sweat and tears

I'm writing this blog post on an airplane as I fly from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta for a four-day stay at Casa Aramara, a fabulous villa that just became available to the public. Well, the public that can afford its $15,000-$30,000 nightly rate. I'm not a one-percenter, but instead a freelance travel writer on a press junket with other journalists whom I will meet when I land. … [Read more...]

Dog Lovers on tour

Kelly E. Carter The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel

Dog lovers get ready! Coming soon to a city near you: New York Times bestselling author Kelly E. Carter, with her jetsetting pooch Lucy, signing copies of her newest book, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel.  And maybe not. … [Read more...]